Foods don't send me into a flare...I've only "flared" once since having Crohn's and so far that flare has lasted almost a year. Foods do aggravate my Crohn's when I'm already in a flare. I know a "true flare" is coming on when my ankles swell to the point I can't walk.
Back when I first started getting sick, not knowing what was going on, I now see I was in a MAJOR Crohn's flare. Just so happens at that same time my apartment became infested with mice - and the management kept calling me a LIAR until I started leaving the dead mice I caught on their doorstep! I can't STAND mice. These things were even visiting my BED!!!! It was awful and caused me EXCESSIVE stress. That was during the first flare and then I found out I had Crohn's.
I'd been doing quite well until last year when I built my first house. OMG...the stress of dealing with that was unbearable...things the builder promised that he never made good on...thousands of dollars WASTED...right around this time last year I was VERY stressed over an irrigation system that I didn't have any control over that was flooding my property. It was around that time I started getting into this flare I'm in now.
So MAYBE, just MAYBE, excessive stress is MY particular trigger!
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Nexium (generic), Ferrous Sulfate, One-A-Day multivitamin, Culturelle Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date